At the lower and intermediate-levels of language instruction, students do not have sufficient language proficiency to inform themselves about current events in the target language. Knowledge of current events is an important part of cultural competence and should not be absent from instruction because of linguistic restrictions. This article proposes to remedy this problem, by creating out-of-class reading assignments of current events articles from US and international English language news sources. The article provides practical information on selection criteria for articles, suggests news sources, and gives examples of assignments.
"The Challenge of Transcultural Competence: Background Reading of Target Culture Current Events Articles,"
Global Business Languages:
Vol. 16, Article 9.
Available at: http://docs.lib.purdue.edu/gbl/vol16/iss1/9